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  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

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Blake Morgan LLP has a notable presence in the further and higher education sectors. It also acts for independent and faith schools and multi-academy trusts. The firm's education offering is multi-disciplinary, providing expertise from all areas of the firm's wider practice. Operating out of the firm's Southampton office, Sarah Peacock is a key contact for employment matters, while Oxford-based John Deech is the name to note for property work. Employment-focused associate Vicky Schollar is considered one to watch for the future. Sheilah Mackie departed the firm in 2018. The national practice head, Matthew Smith is based in Cardiff.

Practice head(s):Matthew Smith

Other key lawyers:Sarah Peacock; John Deech; Vicky Schollar

Testimonials

'The firm has an excellent understanding of the education market.'

'In the context of education work, they are especially well placed in handling Equality Act 2010 claims.'

'I would thoroughly endorse them in this area.'

'Vicky Schollar has an excellent understanding of equality law and in all the cases we have worked together on I have been very impressed by her.'

 

Key Clients

New College, Oxford

Balliol College, Oxford

Oxford Foundation for Theoretical Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence

Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association

University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth Grammar School

Portsmouth Diocesan Trust

University of Reading

The Gregg School

Christ Church College, Oxford

Magdalen College, Oxford

Brasenose College, Oxford

University College, Oxford

University of Winchester

University of Chichester

Magdalen College School

King Edward VI School

St Swithun's School, Winchester

Capital City Academy Trust

Bourne Academy

Catch22

University of Chichester Multi-Academy Trust

St Marylebone Church of England Academy

Portsmouth Catholic Diocesan Trust

Stockley Academy

The Cherwell Academy

Winchester Diocesan Board of Finance

Solent Academies Trust

Hereford Sixth Form College

Work highlights

  • Advising New College, Oxford, on the appointment of its design team and construction contracts in relation to its proposed redevelopment of a new Quadrangle within the College estate.
  • Advising on a number of sensitive HR matters for Worcester College.
  • Providing a full legal service to Hamwic Education Trust.
  • Acted for the Gregg School in defending First Tier Tribunal proceedings involving complex and sensitive issues surrounding disability.
  • Advising the University of Reading on unfair dismissal and sex discrimination claims which have been on going for several years and involving a variety of courts at a high level.

Clarkslegal LLP has an established track record assisting clients in the higher education sector whilst also providing services to schools and local authorities. The firm works across a wide range of areas, but is particularly notable for its construction advice on major higher education projects, as well as its procurement expertise, especially in the student accommodation sector. David Rintoul heads the practice and specialises in construction work.

Practice head(s):David Rintoul

Key Clients

University of Reading

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council

Carillion Academies Trust

Dulwich College

Work highlights

  • Advising numerous university lecturers and researchers on rights of citizenship post-Brexit.
  • Provided advice to a Tier 4 visa student on immigration issues.
  • Provide ongoing support to the University of Reading’s Estates and Facilities department regarding a range of capital projects.
  • Provide advice to a Tier 4 visa student on immigration issues.
  • Advising Dulwich College on multiple construction projects, including related procurement and contracting issues.

At Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, the education team is particularly notable for its work with higher education clients, with a strong focus on governance and compliance issues. The multi-disciplinary team also advises education clients on employment, real estate, and commercial issues, as well as providing training and data protection advice. Practice head Daff Richardson specialises in education disputes and governance issues. Alison Talbot departed the firm for Winckworth Sherwood LLP in December 2018.

Practice head(s):Daff Richardson

Testimonials

'The team have very strong expertise in both education and employment law, which makes them ideally placed to assist on crossover topics.'

'The level of service and the responsiveness is excellent, especially if a partner is aware that something needs urgent attention.'

'Daff Richardson is committed, client-focused, knows the context within which we're working, and is a pleasure to work.'

'The advice provided is pragmatic as well as being accurate.'

 

Key Clients

Merton College, Oxford

City and Guilds of London Institute

Oxford Brookes University

Oxford University Press

St Peter’s College

Somerville College

University of Surrey

Stanford University

Navitas

Work highlights

  • Advising a higher education institution in relation to an employment matter involving the termination of employment of a member of its academic staff.
  • Advised a higher education institution on its obligations towards a visiting scholar, who sought specific working arrangements on account of disabilities.
  • Advised City & Guilds of London Institute on a significant restructure of part of its business including providing training for managers.
  • Advised a client on two subject access requests made on behalf of an unsuccessful candidate for admission.

Blandy & Blandy LLP is one of the key firms providing education law services in the Thames Valley area. With a strong independent schools practice, the firm acts for clients on education-specific governance issues as well as property and planning, disputes, and employment matters. The firm also undertakes substantial work for education-focused charities. Nick Burrows heads the team and has significant experience in commercial contract matters.

Practice head(s):Nick Burrows

Testimonials

'They are very knowledgeable,have a wealth of experience and most importantly are pragmatic and flexible in their approach when issues arise.'

'Simon Dimmick, Victoria Charlesson, Kayleigh Chapman and Karen Jones are all helpful, reasonable and pragmatic in their approach.'

'Very efficient team who rarely require chasing; their experience means I can leave clients in their capable hands and know the work will be actioned.'

Key Clients

University of Reading

St Joseph’s College

The Abbey School

Adviza

CXK

Pangbourne College

Career Connect

Padworth Education Trust Limited

Brachers acts for a wide range of schools and further education colleges, including specialist institutions such as SEN schools. The team includes lawyers from several departments across the firm, particularly the employment, corporate and commercial and commercial property groups. Bill Butler heads the team and is a key contact for real estate matters, including the real estate aspects of academy conversions. Head of employment Catherine Daw is also a key figure in the multidisciplinary practice.

Practice head(s):Bill Butler

Other key lawyers: Catherine Daw

Key Clients

Bromley College

Orpington College

London Skills for Growth (SfG)

Canterbury College

Hadlow College

West Kent and Ashford College

Plumpton College

New Horizons Federation (x 3 academies)

Loose Primary School

Coxheath Primary School

Vale View Primary School

Work highlights

  • Advised Hadlow Group on a phased re-organisation of the estate involving disposal of assets to release capital for investment and further acquisition.
  • Advised Canterbury College in its merger with East Kent College, resulting in the creation of the new EKC Group.

Advising exclusively on SEN and related matters, Boyes Turner is a key firm in the Thames Valley market for individuals seeking education advice. Practice head Laxmi Patel is highly experienced in SEN tribunal cases, and often works closely with the firm's clinical negligence and Court of Protection teams, as well as maintaining close relationships with various SEN charities. The team has undergone some personnel changes recently, with the departure of Janata Ali to Moore Blatch LLP and the arrival of Rachel Allison and Rachel Baxter  from Weightmans LLP and an independent practice respectively.

Practice head(s):Laxmi Patel

Other key lawyers:Rachel Allison; Rachel Allison

Work highlights

  • Successfully appealed to the SEND Tribunal on the parents behalf for a change of school from a maintained mainstream to a mainstream maintained with a special unit.
  • Appeal to SEND Tribunal for placement at a termly residential special independent college.
  • Appeal to the SEND Tribunal to move a child from her current day school, a maintained special school, to an independent residential special school in accordance with her parents’ wishes.
  • Represented parents in a case which involved a Local Authority refusing to agree to name a special school on the child’s Education, Health and Care Plan.
  • Assisted parents by identifying amendments required to their child’s Statement of Special Educational Needs and presented evidence to successfully negotiate with the Local Authority to agree full-time dedicated Teaching Assistant support at school.

Field Seymour Parkes LLP provides a full service to education sector clients, combining members of several departments within the firm to assist clients. The firm is particularly notable for its employment offering, as well as its governance, real estate, and construction work. Associate Katie Burley heads the group, and specialises in employment advice and defending clients before tribunals. The practice recently benefited from the addition of real estate expert Richard Higgs and employment specialist Louise Smyth, from Clarkslegal LLP and Freeths LLP respectively.

Practice head(s):Katie Burley

Other key lawyers:Richard Higgs; Louise Smyth

Testimonials

'A strong practice in terms of range and integration of services - able to deal with issues relating  to charitable and company status, data and IP as well as organisational/HR.'

 

Key Clients

Berkshire College of Agriculture

Work highlights

  • Represented Berkshire College of Agriculture in its asset purchase of land based training.
  • Providing advice to a client surrounding the acquisition of Community Interest Company status and assisting with restructuring its constitution and governance.
  • Advising a school on a complex safeguarding issue and subsequent disciplinary procedure of a member of staff.
  • Advising a client on a difficult management restructure.

Moore Blatch LLP focuses on individuals dealing with the education sector, acting primarily for parents and guardians. The firm predominantly works on special educational needs issues and frequently represents clients in SEN tribunal proceedings. it also handles exclusion and school choice matters. Former practice head Erin Smart departed the firm for Irwin Mitchell in November 2018, while former team member Janata Ali rejoined to head the team from Boyes Turner.

Practice head(s):Janata Ali

Boutique education firm Baker Small Solicitors acts predominantly for parents of children with SEN issues, but also acts for schools and local authorities, including defending such clients in SEN tribunal proceedings. Managing director Mark Small is a solicitor-advocate and represents both local authorities and parents in tribunal cases. Small also represents clients in Employment cases, judicial review matters, and exclusion issues.

Practice head(s):Mark Small

Birkett Long LLP is a prominent name in Essex for education cases. It offers a multidisciplinary team including employment, commercial, and disputes lawyers, as well as education and charity law specialists. The firm is particularly notable for its work on academy conversions, as well as the combination of academies into multi-academy trusts. Thomas Emmett is the key education contact following Stephen Avila's departure to GoodyBurrett LLP.

Practice head(s):Thomas Emmett

Key Clients

St Mary’s School Colchester

Heather Partnership

Writtle University College

University of Essex

Mildmay Junior School

Work highlights

  • Assisted Mildmay Junior School in its transfer to multi-academy trust.
  • Advising a multi-academy trust on various matters, including GDPR, construction, property and company law.
  • Advised Heather Partnership Ltd on the share purchase of an independent school company.

EMW Law LLP acts for schools and local authorities on a wide range of matters and is particularly notable for its work defending local authorities in SEND Tribunal claims by parents. The firm also occasionally represents claimants in SEND matters. On the non-contentious side, the firm provides a wide range of governance and regulatory advice and practice head Jordan Glackin is a key contact on conversions to academies or joining multi- academy trusts.

Practice head(s):Jordan Glackin

Other key lawyers:Laura Thompson

Key Clients

Bedford Inclusive Learning and training Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised Bedford Inclusive Learning and Training Trust on the amalgamation of two existing academies to form a multi-academy trust. One academy being a special educational needs school and the other being a pupil referral unit.
  • Represented Bedford Inclusive Learning and Training Trust in respect of its acquisition of a special educational needs school so that such school formed part of the multi-academy trust but continued to operate as a separate school.
  • Successfully defended a local authority’s decision not to fund home tuition where the child’s needs could be met in school.
  • Successfully struck out a claim against a school for educational negligence and obtained costs against the claimants.
  • Successfully defending a claim for disability discrimination against a school.

Senior Associate Polly Kerr leads the education group at Tees Law which specialises in SEN matters, representing parents and guardians. It also acts on exclusion matters and defends schools in SEN tribunals and other cases. The firm is particularly notable for its work on education and health care plan reviews, often collaborating closely with educational psychologists and other experts.

Practice head(s):Polly Kerr

Testimonials

'Polly Kerr has built up a successful educational law practice in recent years, and understands the market very well.'

'Polly has excellent judgement, is committed to this area of practice, and always goes the extra mile for the client.'

'Kerr has been responsible for the development of education law at Tees and I would have no hesitation in recommending her attributes as an education lawyer.'

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Work highlights

  • Assisting parents in bringing a successful disability discrimination claim on behalf of a 15-year-old who had been excluded from an independent school.
  • Assisting parents in appealing the content of a plan under Section I (Setting) and Section F (Provision).
  • A review of an EHCP for a child who had just entered his third year of reception in a mainstream school.
  • Assisting parents in bringing a successful disability discrimination claim on behalf of a 15-year-old who had been excluded from an independent school.
  • Assisting a school who had been named in a plan for a student with high-level needs.

VWV's education team is particularly strong in employment matters, as well as providing commercial, corporate, and property advice. The firm acts for a wide range of further and higher education institutions, alongside its substantial independent schools and academies practices, which provide a full service to clients operating in those sectors. Bettina Rigg and Yvonne Spencer head the national practice, while Bob Fahy is a key figure in the Watford office.

Practice head(s):Bettina Rigg; Yvonne Spencer

Other key lawyers:Bob Fahy

Key Clients

Bournemouth University

Brunel University London

East Sussex College Group

London Metropolitan University

Middlesex University

Oxford Brookes University

University of Exeter

University of Greenwich

University of Reading

REAch2

E-ACT

London Diocesan Board of Schools (Grow Education)

Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools Limited

Red Kite Schools Trust

Orchard Hill College Academy Trust

Creative Education Trust

The Pathway Academy Trust

The Spring Partnership Trust

Langley Park Learning Trust

Aylesbury Grammar School

Royal Latin School

The Royal Grammar School

The Mellor Education Trust

The Marlow Education Trust

Eton College

Harrow School

North London Collegiate School

St Alban's School

Ibstock Place School

Roedean School

Work highlights

  • Provided cover to the University of Southampton while its employment lawyer was on maternity leave.
  • Advised the College of Dentistry Ltd on the acquisition of BPP University Dental Institute from BPP University Limited.
  • Advising Brunel University London on a wide variety of employment issues.


Health

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  1. Health
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Rising stars

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

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Rising stars

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Birkett Long LLP provides a multi-disciplinary service to a range of health care clients and the team includes members of the firm's commercial property and corporate teams alongside others. The firm has a particularly strong presence in the care home space, providing a full service to sector clients. Practice head Tracey Dickens specialises in advising healthcare clients on corporate and commercial matters, making the firm a key presence in Essex for healthcare clients.

Practice head(s):Tracey Dickens

Key Clients

Healthcare Homes Limited

Healthcare Homes Group Limited

Manorcourt Care (Norfolk) Limited

Runwood Homes Limited

St Helena Hospice

Work highlights

  • Handling Various matters including recovery of care home fees and employment matters for a care home operator.
  • Handling Various matters for Healthcare Homes Group including SDLT and lease registration for lease adjustments to a number of properties in the portfolio, car parking licence arrangements, dealing with notices of assignment of supported living properties.

Blake Morgan LLP advises healthcare providers on a wide range of matters and assists a number of large healthcare providers, including national bodies. One of the firm's key focus areas is medical technology, advising clients in the industry on commercial and IP matters. The firm also advises on large-scale transactional matters and financing work. Bruce Potter heads the team and is noted for his significant expertise and track record in procurement matters.

Practice head(s):Bruce Potter

Testimonials

'The firm always provides pragmatic advice in a timely manner.'

'Bruce Potter always responds in a timely manner and will make himself available so that he fully understands our needs as a client.'

Key Clients

NHS England and NHS Wales

University College London NHS Foundation Trust

Medical Imaging Partnerships Limited

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust

NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership (all 7 Local Health Boards (Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board, Cwm Taf University Health Board, Powys Teaching Health Board, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Hywel Dda University Health Board ) and all 3 NHS Trusts in Wales( Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust , Public Health  Wales NHS Trust and Velindre NHS Trust ))

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Oxford Academic Health Network

Charter Medical

Work highlights

  • Acting for NHS England in defending a procurement claim brought by AbbVie Limited relating to Hepatitis C.
  • Advising Oxford Academic Health Science Network on various issues relating to the development of the eMAPS online platform, including IP protection as well as contractual matters relating to the licensing models that could be used for the tool and revenue generation models.

Brachers is known for its work with NHS trusts, particularly regarding inquests. John Sheath is the key contact for inquests and claims, often representing trusts and other providers without counsel. The firm also offers a substantial primary care practice, advising on new developments, as well as issues surrounding retirements in the single-handed GP sector. Commercial property specialist Ash Jilani leads the primary care team and Catherine Daw  heads the employment offering.

Practice head(s):John Sheath; Catherine Daw; Ash Jilani

Key Clients

Medway NHS FT

East Kent University  NHS FT

Sussex Partnership NHS FT

Sussex Community NHS FT

Maidstone &Tunbridge Wells NHS T

East Kent Medical Services Ltd

2Gether Solutions Services Ltd

Benenden Hospitals Trust

KIMS Hospitals

Work highlights

  • Assisted Medway NHS Foundation Trust on a complex inquest concerning neonatal death.
  • Represented Medway NHS Foundation Trust in an inquest without counsel where the family had alleged that the contrast dye in a CT scan had killed their relative but the Coroner was persuaded that the patient had died following a necessary medical procedure.
  • Represented a Trust in relation to a claim relating to legionella’s disease as a result of infection sustained while the complainant was an inpatient.
  • Acting for Carisbrooke Surgery in a new primary care development, involving co-location with another practice.
  • Representing a major operator of multiple primary care sites in the acquisition of GP practices.

Cripps Pemberton Greenish acts for healthcare clients on a wide range of matters, providing clients with employment and dispute resolution advice in addition to corporate, commercial, and real estate matters. Nick Austen heads the practice and focuses on transactional matters, as well as acting for banks and other lenders in the space. The practice has undergone some shifts in the last year, with Justin Cumberlege departing for Hempsons and Gemma Mintram heading to Knights plc.

Practice head(s):Nick Austen

A key name for national healthcare work, DAC Beachcroft LLP's regional offering is provided by its Winchester office, which acts for several NHS trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups in the region. The team is particularly experienced in clinical negligence defense work, where Matthew McGrath is a prominent expert. It also provides healthcare regulatory services - this expertise is fronted by Belinda Dix.

Practice head(s):Matthew McGrath; Belinda Dix

Key Clients

NHS Resolution

Medical Defence Union

Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT

University Hospital Southampton NHS FT

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS FT

Poole Hospital NHS FT

Hampshire Hospitals NHS FT

Great Western Hospitals NHS FT

Salisbury NHS FT

Work highlights

  • Acted for a NHS Trust in a £22m claim for brain injury arising from birth; settled at 33% reduction of costs.
  • Assisted University College Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with employment advice on a complex transaction involving awarding a framework contract to a temporary staffing provider.
  • Advised the NHS Ealing Clinical Commissioning Group on all aspects of its procurement to appoint a single out of hospital services provider.
  • Advised a NHS Trust existing occupier in respect of arrangements concerning their current occupation of a substantial central London property.
  • Advising a Trust on its  disposal strategy and keyworker/affordable housing to facilitate a joint disposal with a neighbouring trust.

EMW Law LLP focuses on transactions in healthcare assisting providers of social care. The firm advises such clients on all matters relating to their acquisitions and disposals and offers specialists in financing, real estate, and corporate and commercial matters.  Joe Soul heads the practice, while corporate and commercial specialist Jordan Glackin is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):Joe Soul

Other key lawyers:Jordan Glackin

Testimonials

'EMW are an excellent specialist team with strong industry knowledge and contacts.'

'They are commercially minded and have a can-do attitude about making a transaction happen.'

 

Key Clients

Care Concern

Provenance Healthcare

Crossroads Group

Urbane Capital

Westgate Healthcare

Palladian Capital

St Matthews

Ultimate Care Limited

Clacton Dental Group

RBS

Metro Bank Plc

J Sai Country Home Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised J Sai Country Home on the share sale of two companies owning care homes.
  • Advised Clacton Dental Care on the acquisition of a company, including negotiation of the share purchase agreement.
  • Advised Ultimate Care Limited on the acquisition of entire issued share capital of a care home company.
  • Advised a care home operator on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of a target care home company and separate purchase of a freehold property.
  • Advised Palladian (Kenley) Limited on the sale of the entire share capital of a care home development company and the simultaneous exchange of the development agreement.

Martin Searle Solicitors acts for individuals and their representatives in matters concerning the provision of care by local authorities. The firm has a strong track record of securing health and care packages for clients, as well as challenging local authority decisions to reduce such care packages, including the use of ombudsman processes and tribunal cases. 'Switched-on and diligent' practice head Cate Searle has a strong track record collaborating with other professionals including deputies and personal injury lawyers.

Practice head(s):Cate Searle

Testimonials

'The specialist advice given is invaluable, especially to professional deputies and attorneys.'

'The level and depth of knowledge within the team is impressive.'

'The response time, follow up and client care is excellent.'

Key Clients

Liz Dalgetty, Professional Deputy, Downs Solicitors

Frances Mayne, Professional Trustee and Deputy, Wilsons LLP

Kevin Grealis, PI Lawyer, Stuarts Law

Work highlights

  • Represented parents of a 12-year-old child with profound and multiple disabilities in challenges against the CCG and Local Authority for increased funding of health and care provisions.
  • Representing a family to recover years of back-dated health and social care funding, using the ombudsman process.
  • Obtained reimbursement of £190,000 care fees for the cost of 24/7 live-in care for a client who was eligible for NHS continuing healthcare.
  • Represented a client in challenging a Local Authority’s decision that a third-party top-up was required for a relative's  care home fees.
  • Challenging the CCG’s decision to cut the client's care funding after reassessment of his care needs.

Moore Blatch LLP focuses its healthcare practice on individuals, providing a wide range of services for those with care and support needs. The practice  acts on behalf of adults and children, as well as working on Court of Protection matters. Tim Spring heads the overall healthcare practice, and is particularly focused on clinical negligence matters, while Mea North heads the community care team following Paula Barnes' departure for Lester Aldridge LLP in January 2019.

Practice head(s):Tim Spring

Other key lawyers:Mea North

PDT Solicitors is particularly notable for its work in the pharmacy sector, advising clients on the set-up and expansion of pharmacy businesses, as well as disposals, and sales for sole practitioners who retire. The firm also advises opticians and social care clients on corporate matters. Practice head James Clewlow has a strong track record advising clients throughout the life cycle of their businesses. Jo Williams departed the firm for an in-house position in April 2018.

Practice head(s):James Clewlow

Testimonials

'The team are accessible and responsive.'

'They are knowledgeable experienced in the industry, and up-to-date on current issues.'

'They provide very good value advice.'

'James Clewlow is a very able practice head.'

Key Clients

Medimpo Limited

Brunswick Trading Limited

Pearl Chemist Limited

Janak Jethwa and Bhanu Jethwa

Pillbox Chemists Limited

FMP Norfolk Limited

Mukesh Mandora – sole trader

Anna Healthcare Limited and Nima (Malden) Limited

Septagon Limited

PSG Pharma Limited

Mid Suffolk Medical Supplies Limited

Abax Health Limited

Pyramid Pharma Pharmaceuticals Limited

MIG Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Medimpo Limited in respect of a restructure of its existing assets (mixed-use freehold properties including pharmacy businesses).
  • Acted for existing clients as part of a joint venture to acquire six separate retail pharmacies.
  • Acted for the clients in the sale of their shares in a company operating an independent retail pharmacy business in the South East of England.
  • Acted for Pill Box Chemists Limited in respect of its first pharmacy sale.
  • Acted for a client selling his pharmacy business in order to retire.


Local government

Index of tables

  1. Local government
  2. Leading individuals

Blake Morgan LLP fields a strong local government team, advising a wide range of councils on various matters. The leisure sector is a focus - it advises local authorities on the development, procurement, and management agreements for their leisure projects. 'First-class practitioner' Penny Rinta-Suksi leads the regional team, and is particularly notable for her work on leisure projects and housing partnerships. Employment specialist Rajiv Joshi also acts for several local government clients on employment issues, particularly regarding discrimination and TUPE.

Practice head(s):Penny Rinta-Suski

Other key lawyers:Rajiv Joshi

Testimonials

'The team is extremely flexible and very commercially minded.'

'They understand the clients needs and challenge when appropriate.'

'Penny Rinta-Suksi understands the commercial trade-off of the legal positions and advises accordingly.'

'penny ultimately, she executes her clients instructions to perfection and always delivers.'

 

Key Clients

Reading Borough Council

Chiltern District Council

North Norfolk District Council

Fenland District Council

Thames Valley Police

Oxfordshire County Council

Tandridge District Council

London Borough of Merton

Test Valley Borough Council

Cherwell District Council

Dover District Council

Work highlights

  • Supporting Reading Borough Council on a design, build, operate and maintenance project covering four sites.
  • Supporting North Norfolk District Council on a large leisure project covering up to seven diverse sites (including one replacement new build, one new build and three dual use sites), utilising a leisure operating contract.
  • Represented Fenland District Council on a significant leisure management procurement.
  • Advising the London Borough of Merton on the successful outsourcing of its leisure services at the new Morden leisure centre.
  • Advising a local council  on the first Pasivhaus leisure centre in the UK.

Cripps Pemberton Greenish is home to a multi-disciplinary team that provides a wide range of services to local authority clients, including advice on development projects, asset management and property litigation. The firm also advises local authorities on employment matters. James Lee and Miles Paffard are the key names within the practice, specialising in development and regeneration projects and property litigation respectively.

Practice head(s):James Lee

Other key lawyers:Miles Paffard

Key Clients

Eastbourne Borough Council

Runnymede Borough Council

Slough Borough Council

Lewes District Council

Ashford Borough Council

Thanet District Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Eastbourne Borough Council on all aspects of the purchase and redevelopment of Hampden Retail Park  and continue to be retained for the ongoing asset management.
  • Dealing with all asset management matters for Runnymede Borough Council’s Addlestone One development in Surrey.
  • Main advisers to Slough Borough Council in relation to its £1b regeneration of Slough.


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